It's about the issues, Obama says

It's about the issues, Obama says

There are 20 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 4, 2008, titled It's about the issues, Obama says. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama , pouncing on a top Republican aide's claim that the campaign is not about issues, said yesterday that John McCain is trying to run away ...

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bob k

AOL

#1 Sep 4, 2008
Obama himself is an issue. His plan is tax, tax, tax with bigger more intrusive Govt. Obama is a socialist/borderline commie. After all, Sol Olinsky, the communist party leader, is the one who got Barack started in his career in Chicago, along with William Ayers Etc. Obama has the European plan for disaster. Palin ate him alive last nite and exposed him for what he is and was....A Community organizer.
Wallace

Washington, DC

#2 Sep 4, 2008
Yea Bob...and McCains plan is to do more of what Bush Jr has done...Borrow, borrow, borrow.

I guess since McCain and all the old people that support him will be dead before those bills (with interest) start rolling in, when China wants their loot, all you smug Republicans who think we are so stupid to gamble our futures, and our childrens futures on you is insane.

It won't work this time. This isn't about old people...this is about young people and their children (born and unborn).
FLDZC

Castres, France

#3 Sep 4, 2008
Palin's speech was a combination of ad hominem (attacking Obama) or pro hominem (praising McCain) dribble. She didn't discuss a single issue...just pandered to the pro-lifers and evangelicals and touted her small town roots. I may be old-fashioned, but I would have preferred to hear her views on the issues and not her single page C.V. or favorite food (mooseburgers).
bob k is sorely mistaken in thinking that Obama will raise taxes on families earning less than $150 000 a year. Unlike McCain, he will raise taxes on the rich and big companies, which is long overdue!
Obama is neither a socialist nor a communist, as bob k thinks. He's a liberal Democrat. Anyone who can't disintinguish between the former and the latter is just plain stupid.
mike

Markham, Canada

#4 Sep 4, 2008
a stupid republican??? never!!

vote obama. stop the insanity.
Paul

Dallas, TX

#5 Sep 4, 2008
Wallace wrote:
Yea Bob...and McCains plan is to do more of what Bush Jr has done...Borrow, borrow, borrow.
I guess since McCain and all the old people that support him will be dead before those bills (with interest) start rolling in, when China wants their loot, all you smug Republicans who think we are so stupid to gamble our futures, and our childrens futures on you is insane.
It won't work this time. This isn't about old people...this is about young people and their children (born and unborn).
Let me correct you Wallace, sadly if Zer0bama wins it's only about the born.
Paul

Dallas, TX

#6 Sep 4, 2008
mike wrote:
a stupid republican??? never!!
vote obama. stop the insanity.
Careful what you say Mike, when McCain wins I hear alot of the Obomanations plan to move to Canada where they can be sandwiched between Alaska and the other States. That's a good thing because we can keep you guys under control.
GOP LIES

White House, TN

#7 Sep 4, 2008
The whole convention, including Palin's speech, is a bad joke. The GOP's patronizing bromides and contemptuous recitation of lies and stale old cliches contrasts sharply with the Democratic convention, where issues that affect the citizens were named, claimed, owned and discussed. The speeches simply recycle all the lies the GOP has put out about Obama, celebrate a dream of a mythical America which rejects the existence of at least half the population, and glorifies war and the "Christian" dominance of political discussion.

Here is a dissection of some of the lies in Palin's speech tonight done by the AP:

Attacks, praise stretch truth
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/ap_on_el_...

The entire convention is an effort to induce amnesia (if not sleep) regarding the incredible destruction the GOP has wreaked on our US by the GOP over the last 8 years. They aren't even pretending to claim that they have done anything to benefit the country. The effort to avoid even the existence of issues is glaring. They are trying to hide thier real agenda for America:

John McCain supported the Bush/GOP agenda with 95% of his votes.

The GOP platform calls for the complete elimination of abortion rights, expansion of the Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 4% of the population, expansion of corporate tax cuts, expansion of unConstitutional Presidential powers and expansion of the surveillance society that already records our telephone, email, bank, medical records and web surfing habits. McCain/Palin has pledged to appoint the next three Supreme Court Justices to support these goals.

McCain/Palin has pledged more wars, and McCain has come out for restarting the draft to provide cannon fodder for the GOP's "war first!" foreign policy.

McCain/Palin has proposed the destruction of the employer based health insurance system. He will accomplish this by taxing the employer contribution towards employee health insurance as income, destroying state insurance regulation and oversight of health insurance companies, and providing a tax deduction for individual policies which will cover less than half the cost of a private policy. This credit will only be available to those who can afford a years worth of private insurance payments.(currently $1200 a year for a family of 4) Their will be no protection for pre existing conditions and no requirements for the coverage.

McCain/Palin has proclaimed their determination to teach creationism and abstinence only in the schools.

McCain/Palin supports the anti union policies the GOP has pursued, even in the face of declining wages, rising unemployment and soaring bankruptcies. They won't even discuss pension protection in corporate bankruptcies.

John McCain: Corporations First:
The central plank of his economic plan is a $175 billion corporate tax cut that would slash taxes for the Fortune 200 corporations by $45 billion every year. That includes $6.5 billion for Fortune 200 energy companies,$6.3 billion for Fortune 200 banks and financial institutions, and $5.6 billion for Fortune 200 merchandising and retailing companies. The overwhelming benefits of this tax cut, approximately 59%, would flow to the top 1% of income earners.
http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/06/27/...
Paul

Dallas, TX

#8 Sep 4, 2008
GOP LIES wrote:
The whole convention, including Palin's speech, is a bad joke. The GOP's patronizing bromides and contemptuous recitation of lies and stale old cliches contrasts sharply with the Democratic convention, where issues that affect the citizens were named, claimed, owned and discussed. The speeches simply recycle all the lies the GOP has put out about Obama, celebrate a dream of a mythical America which rejects the existence of at least half the population, and glorifies war and the "Christian" dominance of political discussion.
Here is a dissection of some of the lies in Palin's speech tonight done by the AP:
Attacks, praise stretch truth
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/ap_on_el_...
The entire convention is an effort to induce amnesia (if not sleep) regarding the incredible destruction the GOP has wreaked on our US by the GOP over the last 8 years. They aren't even pretending to claim that they have done anything to benefit the country. The effort to avoid even the existence of issues is glaring. They are trying to hide thier real agenda for America:
John McCain supported the Bush/GOP agenda with 95% of his votes.
The GOP platform calls for the complete elimination of abortion rights, expansion of the Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 4% of the population, expansion of corporate tax cuts, expansion of unConstitutional Presidential powers and expansion of the surveillance society that already records our telephone, email, bank, medical records and web surfing habits. McCain/Palin has pledged to appoint the next three Supreme Court Justices to support these goals.
McCain/Palin has pledged more wars, and McCain has come out for restarting the draft to provide cannon fodder for the GOP's "war first!" foreign policy.
McCain/Palin has proposed the destruction of the employer based health insurance system. He will accomplish this by taxing the employer contribution towards employee health insurance as income, destroying state insurance regulation and oversight of health insurance companies, and providing a tax deduction for individual policies which will cover less than half the cost of a private policy. This credit will only be available to those who can afford a years worth of private insurance payments.(currently $1200 a year for a family of 4) Their will be no protection for pre existing conditions and no requirements for the coverage.
McCain/Palin has proclaimed their determination to teach creationism and abstinence only in the schools.
McCain/Palin supports the anti union policies the GOP has pursued, even in the face of declining wages, rising unemployment and soaring bankruptcies. They won't even discuss pension protection in corporate bankruptcies.
John McCain: Corporations First:
The central plank of his economic plan is a $175 billion corporate tax cut that would slash taxes for the Fortune 200 corporations by $45 billion every year. That includes $6.5 billion for Fortune 200 energy companies,$6.3 billion for Fortune 200 banks and financial institutions, and $5.6 billion for Fortune 200 merchandising and retailing companies. The overwhelming benefits of this tax cut, approximately 59%, would flow to the top 1% of income earners.
http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/06/27/...
Let me be the first to tell you, you really know how to ramble on. I fell asleep trying (without success) trying to finish.
Bill

Baltimore, MD

#9 Sep 4, 2008
And Obama is on the wrong side of these issues. He want to tax and spend us into the ground and is anti-free trade. He will lie like O'Malley and tell us that most of us will pay less in taxes. In Maryland, we know better.
Bill

Baltimore, MD

#10 Sep 4, 2008
mike wrote:
a stupid republican??? never!!
vote obama. stop the insanity.
Voting for the inexperience radical Obama would be insane!
A concerned senior

Baltimore, MD

#11 Sep 4, 2008
We shall see about the issues when Obama agrees to the 8 to 10 town hall debates that McCain wants to hold with him.
eric

Denver, CO

#12 Sep 4, 2008
Bill wrote:
And Obama is on the wrong side of these issues. He want to tax and spend us into the ground and is anti-free trade. He will lie like O'Malley and tell us that most of us will pay less in taxes. In Maryland, we know better.
It's been a long time since I've heard the "tax and spend" canard.
You really thing we should continue with the Republican's "spend and spend" policies?
HoCo guy

Baltimore, MD

#13 Sep 4, 2008
flzdpq BTW, how do you trust someone from france who has no vowels in his/her name, to be able to think rationally? Taxing businesses and corporations heavily is THE quickest way to bring this Country to it's knees. Hey, dummy, that is where the jobs are. Tax them and lose jobs. Brilliant obama strategy. By all means, lets elect a no brain tax and spend liberal.
Larry

Baltimore, MD

#14 Sep 4, 2008
Someone please tell O'bama that our enemies are islamic terrorists, not businesses. And while you are at it sound out those words for him. He doesn't know how to pronounce them. And GOP Truth, exactly which half is this? women? "rejects the existence of at least half the population" Look around dude, women are fired up over bringing Palin to VP position. Get real.
hertzer

Scranton, PA

#15 Sep 4, 2008
you really think a community organizer and a man that voted present 130 times is a good choice for president? the man cannot make his mind up about anything. i think they nailed it on the head, and i really think biden should get that vp thing in writing.
hertzer

Scranton, PA

#16 Sep 4, 2008
larry, the democrats and liberals are really worried right now. it's clear that john mccain has put together a team that they really can't debate with. expect lots of name calling in the near future. this is what they resort to when they know they are losing. middle america does not share the same beleifs as the wacked out lefty media and the drug addict stars in hollywood. they can see for themselves who is really going to change washinton. the only thing obama changes is his mind, on a daily basis. palin will destroy them in the debates and they are scared.
Stack

United States

#17 Sep 4, 2008
HoCo guy wrote:
flzdpq BTW, how do you trust someone from france who has no vowels in his/her name, to be able to think rationally? Taxing businesses and corporations heavily is THE quickest way to bring this Country to it's knees. Hey, dummy, that is where the jobs are. Tax them and lose jobs. Brilliant obama strategy. By all means, lets elect a no brain tax and spend liberal.
I agree Obama isn't much of a candidate, but McCain's economic policies are just as bad. Obama will raise taxes to pay for uncontrolled spending and McCain will borrow from China for uncontrolled spending. We're screwed either way.
lynn usa

Naperville, IL

#18 Sep 5, 2008
Well that is why we don't have the french vote in our elections. We as americans really wouldn't like a govt. like the french have. And I guess I would say in response you are an idiot...the guy is going to raise taxes how do think he is going to pay for all the programs he would like to implement? The tooth fairy is going to leave the money under his pillow. Wake up!!!!!
FLDZC wrote:
Palin's speech was a combination of ad hominem (attacking Obama) or pro hominem (praising McCain) dribble. She didn't discuss a single issue...just pandered to the pro-lifers and evangelicals and touted her small town roots. I may be old-fashioned, but I would have preferred to hear her views on the issues and not her single page C.V. or favorite food (mooseburgers).
bob k is sorely mistaken in thinking that Obama will raise taxes on families earning less than $150 000 a year. Unlike McCain, he will raise taxes on the rich and big companies, which is long overdue!
Obama is neither a socialist nor a communist, as bob k thinks. He's a liberal Democrat. Anyone who can't disintinguish between the former and the latter is just plain stupid.
Aggie Mom

Mountain Home, AR

#19 Sep 5, 2008
Be careful, when picking your party. Your associates are most important. When all is said and done. Will all of us be proud of our county for the first time?

Women have been over looked for years. The GOP is the party that gave women a voice. Let it be known the sleeping Lion has been awoken. Look out Washington! The Land of the Good Old Boys. She's coming with the support of all who have been wronged and left behind.
Chris

Parkers Prairie, MN

#21 Mar 3, 2009
If Republicans didn't get so emotional when discussing Obama people might actually listen to what they have to say without shutting themselves off. If you want the facts on the economy, lets say,
check out the Zeitgeist Addendum, which is a very common sense explanation on finance at a federal level. I am open minded and hungry for facts not more emotional bashings of a man who has only been in office for 50 days. Get a grip and be taken seriously.

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